Title: Spin The Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release date: June 26th, 2019
Page count: 392
This book has been on my TBR for quite a while, but I didn’t decided to read until this month when coincidentially became the perfect choice for one of the Magical Readathon prompts. I didn’t quite know what to expect of a book that promised to be the mix between Mulan and Project Runway. I mean… tailoring? On a fantasy book? No way. However, this book proved to me that everything is possible if you know how to pull it off.
Spin the Dawn tells the story of young tailor Maia Tamarin, who lived with her brothers and father (Baba) until war came to A’ladan, taking her brothers from her, leaving her dad depressed and unable to sew anymore. When the emperor seeks the tailoring services of Maia’s dad, she decides to go in his place as her brother Keton. And so it begins an adventure for her, trying to make the imposible with needle and thread.
The night was dark and starless, but inside my little room, I’d spun a world of light.
This is a very short book for a fantasy (little less than four-hundred pages) but so much happens in these pages, you’d be surprised. And the best is that it doesn’t seemed rushed: there’s a contest, a quest and even more, but the characters still have the chance to develop greatly, as well as the plot and the worldbuilding.
Spin the Dawn has a very interesting and unique world. I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the different places of the palace, the caves and castles. The whole time I felt as if I was watching an historical fantasy movie set in Asia. Elizabeth Lim built a magical world with legends, myths, demons and curses, and a very special bond between magic and tailoring that left me amazed. The tale of Amana’s dresses was by far my favorite, and I loved that the bigger part of the book focused around that.
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And I’ll have you. The sun and the moon only see each other one day out of the entire year. Even if it’s an hour or a day –I’d rather be with you for that time than not at all.
Now, when it comes to the characters, I loved most of them. They’re well written and the development through the book was excellent. Specially Maia, we get to see such strength and growth in her and I really admired how she’s willing to do whatever it takes for her loved ones, she’s a very relatable character. Her relationship with Edan was amazing to read, though he came off a bit too closed off, which I think will change in book two as we get to know him and his past better. His background story was quite original and totally unexpected for me.
The secondary characters were no different. I liked them as well, I enjoyed Maia’s memories of her brothers and everything she told about growing up with them. The villains in this story seem realistic and I fear for what they’ll do in book two. The secondary character that stood out the most for me was Lady Sarnai, because even if she’s “bad” and definitely the most rude character you’ll encounter, I think she’s a very complex character hiding some very heavy stuff so I couldn’t hate her entirely. I can’t wait to see if she’ll be in the sequel, and what her storyline will be like.
In conclusion, this book was a very positive surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did (partly because I haven’t heard many opinions on it), but this is definitely one of my best reads of this year. You have no idea how much i’m anticipating this sequel.
Have you read or are planning to read Spin The Dawn? Let me know in the comments!